Middle East Revolution, Part I – Our Definition of Freedom
Christian fiction author David Telbat reviews the current worldly definition of liberty in this first of 3-part Middle East Revolution post, and reflects how this upheaval corresponds with freedom in Christ. [written in 2011]
Our Definition of Freedom
The whole world seems to be backing the revolutions for freedom in the Middle East. Liberty and human rights signs march across our screens, touching our hearts and pocketbooks.
A couple nations have revolted successfully and governments have toppled. As I write this, the Syrian government, the Royal Family specifically, is ruling with an iron fist—and a cocked gun. Their rule seems limited as more nations criticize President al-Assad’s crackdown, much like his father’s before him.
Most Americans, however, don’t really understand what these revolutions are crying out for. What kind of freedoms are Sunni Muslims asking of the ruling-class Shiite Muslims? Is that freedom? Maybe our definition of freedom is different from theirs altogether.
Our responsibility as Christians is certainly not to cheer for a worldly form of anarchy. We must remember the Bible’s instruction, as in Romans 13, which was written during a time when 90-percent of the world was considered slaves or in political bondage. In Part II of this Middle East Revolution series, I will analyze this issue closer.
See you in the field,
Join us for the next Author Reflections in the Middle East Revolution Series, Part II, as we look at The World’s Definition of Freedom. Click here to read the previous Author Reflections, Sometimes You’re a Duck.